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Child Find

Rochester Community Schools Child Find:

IDENTIFYING EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AT AN EARLY AGE

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What is Child Find?

Every child grows mentally and physically at his or her own pace. However, some children experience challenges and disabilities that can impede their potential progress. “Child Find” is a continuous process of referring as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of educational services. These educational screenings, consultations, evaluations, and services are provided with parental consent. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. As part of a public education*, these services are free of charge.

 

*The "Child Find" requirements of Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE) rules are followed. The programs and services are related to a child's overall development and educational performance.

 

What is a Child Find evaluation?

Rochester Community Schools’ Child Find offers evaluations to resident children - ages birth through 5 years - suspected of having a disability, at no charge. Screenings and diagnostic assessments are available in the areas of speech- language, self-help, social-emotional, learning, cognitive, hearing, vision, and physical development. A team of educators specializing in the areas of concern works with the child and family to determine eligibility for Special Education Services. Child Find and parents also work together to determine the appropriate programs and services for eligible children. Child Find can include the following highly qualified specialists:

  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • School Social Worker
  • School Psychologist
  • Teacher Consultant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist

What educational services are provided?

Based upon screening and evaluation information, the child and family are linked to the local school district and/or other community agencies and organizations that can meet their child's identified needs, plans are made to deliver the needed services, and those services are scheduled. Parents are under no obligation to enroll their child in any service. Programs may include classroom programs or small group services, depending on a student’s needs. Ancillary services may include direct services or consultative support by a physical therapist, occupational therapist, school social worker, school psychologist, or teacher consultant.

 

If I live in Rochester Community Schools District, who should I contact?

If your child is birth - 3 years old:

Oakland County Early On 248-209-2085

If your child is ages 3 - 5 years old:

Michele Kuczera, Child Find Coordinator (248) 726-3077 or mkuczera@rochester.k12.mi.us

 

Check the Milestones. Act Early.

Developmental Milestones: things most children can do by a certain age.

 

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Contact Child Find if you have concerns about any of your child's developmental areas.

 

By 1 year: Pulls self to standing; may step with support. Gives toy on request. Picks things up with thumb and one finger. Stacks two blocks. Uses gestures like waving or shaking head. Gives affection. Follows simple directions like ‘pick up the toy.’ May say a few words or points to things he wants.

 

By 2 Years: Kicks large ball. Walks steadily. Identifies 6 body parts. Follows simple instructions. Copies actions or words. Asks for items by name. Uses 2 or 3 words together, such as ‘more juice.’ Points to and names pictures in a book.

 

By 3 Years: Walks up stairs. Follows instructions with 2-3 steps. Uses utensils to feed self. Copies a circle. Wants to play with other children. Uses short sentences to relate experiences. An unfamiliar listener can understand approximately 75% of the time. Matches colors. Demonstrates interest in toilet training.

 

By 4 Years: Can hop and jump in place. Is toilet trained. Copies a cross. Names some colors and numbers. Can wait for turn. Begins to play interactively with other children. Plays pretend or make-believe. Washes hands unassisted. Uses sentences. An unfamiliar listener can understand them approximately 90% of the time. Tells stories.

 

Source for developmental milestones and for more information: www.cdc.gov/milestones

 

Free Ages and Stages Developmental Screening

Oakland Schools offers a free Ages and Stages Developmental Screening where parents can access developmental information, services, and resources for children four-months through five-years of age. For a free screening, go to http://asq.uoregon.edu/

 

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